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America’s temporary retreat

A tangled mix of self-interest shaped by idealism will force America back onto the world stage

By Bronwen Maddox   July 2015

President Barack Obama: "The phrase 'leading from behind' has come to symbolise his policy" © Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

On nights when the house has gone quiet and I end up working late, I find myself sifting through the pictures and reports that have come in that day about Islamic State’s progress through the territory that used to be called Iraq and Syria. Not what…

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